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 Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Debunking Right-Wing Smears: What Michelle Obama Really Said

  Read here article by Stanley Crouch

Republican commentators summoned up pretenses of shock, disgust and outrage at Michelle Obama's having said in Milwaukee that she had never in her adult life felt proud of her country until the day that her husband won a major victory. The snippet was repeated endlessly, but that is NOT exactly what she said.

Quoting the context in full is quite important. I say that because part of what makes this country's right-wing commentators so pernicious is their willingness to bend journalism into what is tantamount to bogus credit cards boasting no fees. The distance from the truth is of no concern to the right-wingers. What they engage in is strange because their tactics are now so easily and so quickly disproved. The Internet has seen to that.

This is what Michelle Obama actually said:

"What we've learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and, let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime I'm proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.

I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic, common issues and it's made me proud.

And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us, that the struggles of a farmer in
Iowa are no different than what's happening on the South Side of Chicago; that people are feeling the same pain and wanting the same things for their families."

Yet these commentators feel at liberty to compose myths transformed into mud by cutting words from statements, offering not even good samples of a whole speech.

This propaganda version of reality is supposed to dupe the public. It exists for no other reason.

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Read here article by Andrew Malcolm

The rumors about Barack Obama's birthplace, that he was really born in his father's native Kenya, so he can't become a U.S. president.

And, anyway, the Obama campaign has provided a copy of the Illinois senator's birth certificate, reproduced here, showing he was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, at 7:24 p.m., which means he was late for dinner, just like a politician. Click on the photo to enlarge for reading.


Now, about the citizenship of all those people planting these rumors.

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